Galatians 3:4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
Nothing done for the LORD is ever in vain or for nothing. Because, He doesnt miss anything. He sees everything and He rewards generously. He will never owe man anything.
Now, we have possession of the football. With Christ, we are winning. All we need to do is have ball security, for we are already winning. Only we can throw this game. Spiritually, we can either turn from the truths & promises of God or embrace them & see the faithfulness of God. I have known, personally, of several persons, who have went so far with God, only to give up and lose the (spiritual football) & forsake the LORD, who loves them. Not cool, but sad. To suffer much, with Christ, but experience His power, then only to be apostate. I have never been left to shame when standing on Gods word, and I dont believe I ever will. Ive had many challenging moments but only later to find out, His plan was perfect.